“There is a place where the sidewalk ends, And before the street begins…” So begins the poem “Where The Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. That’s what I think of when I look at the nearly complete paving project of the trail stretching from Deerwood to Crosby. For over a year now I have been monitoring the progress of this portion of the Cuyuna Lakes Bike Trail. I have to say it has been a frustration to watch. To my untrained mind it seemed like they just kept moving dirt, digging it up again, putting it back down, smoothing it over, digging it up again, moving it etc. I am ignorant of how to manage a trail construction project, so I do not mean to sound critical. I must assume that they know what they are doing and that there are good reasons for the tedious monotony.
My frustrations rest not so much in that, but more in the realm of excitement. I look forward to the completion of this project! It will be fun to see people out there biking and walking and enjoying the scenic trail. I hope to be one of them. My wife and I took a test stroll with the dogs out there yesterday evening. There is much to be done, but one can imagine the final project – and it’s amazing!
The photo I included in this blog is taken where the blacktop project has been halted in one area of the trail. I drive by this project and this specific location every day – watching…waiting…noting how far they have come so far and wondering if they will be further along at my next drive by. I find that information on the progress and next phases and timeline of this project is very elusive. There seems to be very little information readily available. That generally means I do not know where to look. If you have any information or sources for me, I’d love to hear from you! I hope to see you on the trail someday too.